Spring Training player to watch: Vidal Bruján

The Marlins are currently without a shortstop, is Brujan the answer?

Jun 24, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Vidal Brujan (7) throws
Jun 24, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Vidal Brujan (7) throws / Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins are still dormant in the off-season signing and trade period. The Marlins have not signed a single player to the Major League Roster, and fans are still waiting for the answer at shortstop. The Marlins are shopping for a shortstop in the free agent market but there isn’t much out there so what internal options are left? The Marlins have Dane Myers fighting for a roster spot that could take away Brujan's potential roster spot, so Jon Berti is who is left. 

Is Bruján the shortstop of the future or do the Marlins look elsewhere?

Bruján is a 25 year old prospect who has bounced between the Rays and AAA over the past 3 seasons. He has never logged even close to a half season of work in any given year. In 2022 he had the most major league at bats with 147 and he hit .163 with 3 home runs and 16 RBI. He is a career .157 MLB hitter while in the minor leagues, he is a .287 hitter. 

Bruján has been pegged as another utility guy but with Berti on the roster that doesn’t make sense. Bruján does have elite speed and he has stolen many bases in his time in the minor leagues, so he could be a solid bench player if they need speed at the end of the game. In the end it might prove significant if he is in competition for the starting job. 

The Marlins current alternative to Bruján is utility man Jon Berti who had a solid season this past year. Berti hit .294 with 7 home runs, 33 RBI, and 16 stolen bases and a .748 OPS. The other current option is prospect Dane Myers who was called up last summer. Myers had 70 major league at-bats and hit .269, 1 home run, and 9 RBI. Neither of those options are potentially game changing but acquiring Adames would totally change the Marlins lineup. Come on Bendix make a deal!

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